The ups and the downs. This week is about the downs. I know I am going to lose Week 8 due to a crazy bye week scenario but still it is such a bummer when your blue chip studs do not come to play. Well let me rephrase that. They come to play, but for some reason they are taken out of the offense. In the weird wild wacky world of fantasy football that is no big deal as long as someone else shows up. This is where you play the cricket noise.
Chirp! Chirp! Chirp!
If a tree falls in the woods and the crickets hear it, does it make a sound? Well those crickets were surrounding Miles Austin this week. The Cowboys had a plan, and the plan definitely was to run more than throw. What a strange sequence? Oh, I know they threw the ball, but not to Austin. It was some kind of decoy play. Add that to the concussion of DeSean Jackson and things are not looking so promising. All I need to win is to have Chris Johnson go for 25 points. He has done that before this year, but he only performs every other week so far. So since this is not an odd week, it means that I may not be in for a big performance. And in the end, that is exactly what happened and the Cromwell Demolition find themselves 4-2. Johnson went for a decent 21 points and I lost by only a measly three points! This week is going to hurt for awhile because it only gets tougher from here on out.
Injuries are part of the game. I know this is the case. But the injuries hurt more when they are your blue chip guys versus that kicker. Michael Vick went out. DeSean Jackson went out. The hamstring on my running back Chris Johnson was suspect until Monday. But I just witnessed a whole series of plays where Javon Ringer did all of the work. What is worse than an injury? How about a running back by committee? Yikes! It sounds like how you try to run a company when all the members try to share the load equally. It is just not as successful without the go-to player. So if your team has a player that is injured or committeed, you have to get on with finding a capable replacement. The diary entry this week addresses the crazy world of parity in the NFL.
Parity may be back in the National Football League. Heading into this week there were only three teams with one loss. All of those teams were in the AFC. Heck! Two of the teams were in the AFC East. The rest of the league is in a quagmire of mediocrity or questions about their future.
What has happened to the Dallas Cowboys? Why do the Kansas City Chiefs have a winning record? These and many other questions will be verified in the upcoming weeks. In the end it all seems to even itself out. The past becomes the current and the brain tricks you into believing that was how it was meant to be always.
Very strange how the brain convinces you of something that was not there, but because of a certain set of circumstances, it is there now. It is like the French say, “Et Voila” or “Ta Da!”
Nothing can be trusted except the right arm of Peyton Manning.
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